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Arts & Entertainment Districts

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Arts & Entertainment Districts

A Structure for Creative Placemaking: Arts & Entertainment Districts

Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises.

A&E Districts Across the State: Creative Places to Explore

View this map of Maryland's 22 Arts & Entertainment Districts. Expand the map to browse photos and tips on upcoming arts events, festivals and more!


Economic Impact

Twenty-two A&E Districts have been established since the program began in 2001. And, the most recent economic impact study shows that in fiscal year 2013, 20 Maryland A&E Districts collectively supported an estimated 5,144 new jobs that paid $149 million in wages. During the same year, new jobs combined with A&E District festivals and events supported more than $458 million in state GDP and $36 million in state and local tax revenue. View the fiscal year 2013 A&E Districts Economic Impact Report.

Application Process

There are two annual deadlines for the A&E District Application: April 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014, and applicants are required to submit the Intent to Apply form 60 days prior to application deadlines.  Following the Intent To Apply are:  site visit and consultation, community forum, rigorous application with executive endorsement, panel review, staff recommendation and finally, approval from the Secretary of Business and Economic Development.